What is the project-based remuneration in Horizon Europe?

What is the project-based remuneration in Horizon Europe?

Project-based remuneration in Horizon Europe is inherited from Horizon 2020 known as additional remuneration. It is a usual remuneration practice of a beneficiary under which an employee receives supplementary payments for working in a Horizon Europe project. As an example, an employee get a bonus or a new contract with a higher salary level for working in a Horizon Europe project.

In Horizon Europe, you can declare the actual remuneration costs paid to the employee for the time worked on the project up to the remuneration that the person would be paid for work in research and innovation projects funded by national schemes. This is a maximum ceiling level. In order to compare the remuneration of the national project and of the Horizon Europe project, you have to compare the daily rates of both projects. Read this article in case of doubts about the daily rate calculation. Then, you have to take the lower daily rate of the two.

The additional remuneration is usually defined defined in the internal remuneration policies of the beneficiary, in the national law, or collective bargaining agreement.

For more information about project-based remuneration in Horizon Europe, please check the articles below.


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GMGA 6.2 Specific eligibility conditions for each budget category

Direct costs – A. Personnel costs

For personnel which receives supplementary payments for work in projects (project-based remuneration), the personnel costs must be calculated at a rate which:

  • corresponds to the actual remuneration costs paid by the beneficiary for the time worked by the person in the action over the reporting period
  • does not exceed the remuneration costs paid by the beneficiary for work in similar projects funded by national schemes (‘national projects reference’)
  • is defined based on objective criteria allowing to determine the amount to which the person is entitled, and
  • reflects the usual practice of the beneficiary to pay consistently bonuses or supplementary payments for work in projects funded by national schemes.

The national projects reference is the remuneration defined in national law, collective labour agreement or written internal rules of the beneficiary applicable to work in projects funded by national schemes.

If there is no such national law, collective labour agreement or written internal rules or if the project-based remuneration is not based on objective criteria, the national project reference will be the average remuneration of the person in the last full calendar year covered by the reporting period, excluding remuneration paid for work in EU actions.